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I have traveled to Italy and one of the things that I loved about my visit was that when meal time rolled around everything else pretty much took a back seat. The Italians have a word for this – “Mangia”, which translates to “eat” in Italian. I’m pretty sure it also refers to an attitude about meal time – make it special, take time to enjoy it, Mangia! I couldn’t help but notice how sharing a meal was such an enjoyable and important daily event.
Having everyone sit down to a family meal is one of my favorite times of the day. It’s even better if it takes less than a half an hour to prepare – that way we have more time to share stories about the day’s events. Once our family sits down at the table the conversation usually just starts to flow. I’m always surprised at the ideas that get bounced around table. One of my favorite conversations revolves around one of my son’s ideas to invent a lawn sprinkling system that also mows the grass. I’m sure one day we’ll all look back at these dinner time conversations and laugh.
Most nights we are going in different directions after dinner so I’m always looking for ways to make delicious meals quickly.
Bertolli Chicken Florentine & Farfalle turned out to be an excellent choice to make our Italian inspired meal special. It was a meal that took less than 20 minutes to prepare and was yummy. I added a simple dessert to the menu to make it even more memorable – Mangia!
I created this Triple Berry Bruschetta to pair with the meal. It may look fancy but it’s really easy to make. The goat cheese and honey are wonderful together.
Triple Berry Bruschetta:
- French baguette – sliced
- ½ cup blueberries – frozen berries worked fine for me
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- Juice and zest of one orange
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ¾ cup goat cheese
- ¼ cup honey
- Mint leaves for garnish
Rinse the berries and place in bowl along with the sugar and juice plus zest of one orange.
Stir the berries to evenly coat and let sit for at least 10 minutes
Slice the baguette into ten ½ inch slices
Toast the sliced baguette in a 400º oven for 5-7 minutes, until the start to turn golden brown around the edges
Generously spread the goat cheese on the toasted bread
Drizzle with honey
Place a spoonful of the berry mixture on top
Garnish with mint leaves
The frozen food section at Kroger was stocked with several new Bertolli products and they all look so good. I can’t wait to try them – especially the new Italian Sausage and Cheese Lasagna. You can find Bertolli items at some of the lowest prices of the year in a Kroger or Kroger Banner near you. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillons, King Soopers, City Market and QFC. Find a store near you.